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City in negotiations with top candidate to replace a retiring Rob Daykin early next year

The city of Dundee is in negotiations with its best candidate for the next city manager as Rob Daykin is expected to leave office by the end of the year.

The Dundee City Council scheduled a special executive session meeting on Saturday "to consider the hiring of a city administrator," according to an announcement distributed by the city on Nov. 11. Results of that meeting were unavailable by press time.

"We started with about a dozen candidates, narrowed the list to about five for a Zoom interview and we did live interviews last week with three candidates," council member Tim Weaver said in a Nov. 8 interview. He added he expected the decision to come last week. "I think we'll have our candidate selected by then and, depending on timing, the mayor will likely make the announcement."

Mayor David Russ said at a special meeting called on Nov. 2, the council authorized himself and the city attorney to begin negotiations with the top applicant, who is so far unidentified.

"There (was) 100% consensus of the council to enter into negotiations (with the) final finalist," he said, adding that having the new manager in place by the first of the year remains the goal.

"The council was generally pleased with the three finalists that were interviewed in person," Councilor Ted Crawford said in a Nov. 8 interview. "We also interviewed four candidates via Zoom and chose our final three from those four."

"An agreement is hoped to be reached this week," he added. "If an agreement is reached this week, I would expect the council to complete the process to officially hire our next city administrator at our Nov. 16 meeting."

The search for a new city manager began earlier this year when Daykin announced he would leave office at year's end. In August, the city hired Scott Dadson of the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments to solicit applications and do background checks. A COG representative developed a profile of the next administrator in concert with the council, spelling out what specific skills and background it sought from a prospective candidate. That meeting included the council setting the annual salary range of the new city manager at between $90,000 and $115,000.

Will candidates apply for Newberg job too?

Weaver speculated that some of the candidates for the Dundee job might also look down the road at another opening.

"I halfway expect some of these guys will apply for the Newberg (city manager) position too," he said. "But I do hope we get a shot at our first choice before (he decides) to move next door."

Newberg's city manager position opened recently when Dan Weinheimer resigned from the post suddenly in October. Newberg Public Library Director Will Worthey is serving as interim city manager while the city begins the search for a replacement. Newberg has had nearly 10 permanent or interim city managers over the past decade

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